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Jun 02

Top of the drone

New Zealand wants to stay in the drone competition, via its filming industry. The C-prize challenge, opened until next 5th of July, will unlock key features for UAVs. Sightseeing New Zealand with your drone has been around for a few years now. But the tiny robotic flying objects are also good news for local business. Automated farming …

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Apr 23

Be kind, snitch on a weed !

Diverting a mobile app dedicated to flora amateurs, Otago University scientists want to use smartphones against damaging plant species. How much will it help protect New Zealand unique ecosystem ? Tackling weeds and invasive animals is priority number one for conservationists of New Zealand. Whether they try to restore the native environment or keep a piece …

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Mar 31

Glassjar wants to become the instant Leetchi

Ever thought paying the bill was the worst part of your night out with friends ? Glassjar founders too, and they want to make it less painful thanks to an application. They chose the hard path to do so, launching in the US, where the market of peer to peer payment is extremely competitive. In …

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Mar 19

Kiwis soon to launch in space

Kiwi company Rocket Lab wants to launch its first prototype in space by the end of 2015. They recently got two big funders on board, Lockheed Martin and Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP), to make their project real. Why this sudden interest for a kiwi start up from two big industry players ? As things move …

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Feb 26

3D printing for biomimetic surfers

Roy Stuart is a renowned board builder in New Zealand. His technics, essentially manual, remain time consuming. With the help of 3D printing, the craftsman produced a new fin design in only 2 months. New Zealand has several reasons to benefit from 3D printing : its remote location, the lack of certain industries and a …

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Feb 12

Wings and snapshots over New Zealand

Plane, helicopter and lately drone. There are many ways to discover “Aotearoa” from above. But more and more tourists also bring a flying device in their luggage, as sky regulations are still quite – but maybe not for long – merciful in New Zealand. National flight company Air New Zealand gets free promotion on a …

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Jan 31

StQry brings the world’s making-of to your phone

You usually use your phone to take pictures or record videos in exhibitions and art galleries. Born from a walk in a zoo, StQry turns mobile devices into the perfect (cultured) companion. How come a pellican scoop so much water in its beak ? Why does Mona Lisa smile on da Vinci’s painting ? We …

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Jan 14

Looking back at 2014 : wearable technology and fast-Internet brawl

Last year, I had  a look at how science and innovation are made Down Under. In some ways, I saw similarities with another country I know, France. But, at the same time, I discovered a few technological issues very specific to New Zealand. I’ll try to do a small recap here. Wearable tech New Zealand …

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Dec 15

World’s fastest burger in C1 Espresso

A fast food guarantees that your meal is cooked rapidly, but what about delivery ? Couldn’t it be faster as well ? C1 Espresso, in Christchurch, is trying it, by propelling burgers through pneumatic tubes. If you come to C1 Espresso just for a beer and don’t look up, you could totally miss it. The restaurant’s pneumatic …

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Dec 09

Dunedin is Gigarich

700,000 dollars are attributed to Dunedin for developping ultra-fast broadband (UFB) internet, with the help of the telecom company Chorus. This closes a one-year long campaign of lobbying and promoting fibre internet towards New Zealanders. Finally, it’s a big town. On the 26th of November, Dunedin, the most populated city over 4 other finalists, won …

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